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Old 29 July 2008, 09:01   #21
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this will be one of those threads that goes on forever, those with or who have had opti's will say one thing and the e-tec camp with say another.

you wont go wrong with an Opti, yes i am from that camp, but honestly, i have no idea about the E-Tec, 0 experience and thus cant comment!!

smartcraft is really really good stuff, although opti's sound great, at times they are a little too noisey! 4stroke the total opposite of course, toooo quiet BUT so nice when doing 30knts having a chat.

if you can get an opti 175 then it's the smaller 2.5li (lighter) v6 rather than the 3li block for the 200hp. this should be sub 7k with smartcraft, prop and fitted, maybe nearer 6k i would hope.

i doubt fuel consumption will be much different, however, 175 <> 200 opti even given the extra CC and weight just the boat might be better balanced with less weight on the arse?

175's always seam rare in europe.
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Old 29 July 2008, 09:03   #22
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I can't comment on the bigger motors , but in comparisons I have made speaking to owners of opti's they use a lot more oil than etecs , but no one seems to take that into account .
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Old 29 July 2008, 11:54   #23
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How long is the running in period on the opti s?
10 hrs i recall


RE: Oil consumption... yes i do recall it drank the stuff at full chat
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I have one of each. Opti's are noisey, but cheaper. Etecs are quieter, but more expensive. The rest you Opti/Etec owners can argue according to what you own.
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I have one of each. Opti's are noisey, but cheap. Etecs are quiet,but more expensive. The rest you Opti/Etec owners can argue according to what you own.
but is the new white one better than the noisy one on oil now its run in
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but is the new white one better than the noisy one on oil now its run in
Only slightly, but the XD100 is close to 10/Ltr which negates any advantage. Not gonna lose too much sleep over that though.
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I reckon i ll get there on the 50 kts, my old 2 stroke 200 could do it but didnt like the fuel consumption!!

Its doing about 30kts at 400rpm at the mo.

How long is the running in period on the opti s?
I did about 40 miles on Sunday in one run and 3400 to 3900 rpm= about 29-34 knots from memory and playing with the trim, but I don't get 50 knots at wot = 5200 rpm with my setup

Smart craft will tell you when its run in, it has to be run at set revs for set times etc
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Evinrude offer an I-command system which I think is very similar to the smart gauge system ?
Just realised how old this post was.
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Even though it apparently (according to an etec owner from another site) is only a 3 year interval when for fresh water use only?
Officially it is 3 years for salt water use however both the dealers I have bought from have agreed the a yearly gearbag oil change would not be a bad idea and lets be hoest If you had fishing line round your propshaft then it could screw up the seal in much less time that 2 years so would affect any engine whatever the service schedule.
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Officially it is 3 years for salt water use however both the dealers I have bought from have agreed the a yearly gearbag oil change would not be a bad idea and lets be hoest If you had fishing line round your propshaft then it could screw up the seal in much less time that 2 years so would affect any engine whatever the service schedule.
Mine was extended to 5yrs FOC on an Autumn deal.
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